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Shakira Elliot Says

Am giving this testimony cos am happy

My name is Shakira Elliot from Houston,taxes.i never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once. when i went to Africa in June 28th 2013 this year on a business summit. i ment a man called DR SHAKES SPEAR. He is powerful he could help you cast a spells to bring back my love’s gone,misbehaving lover looking for some one to love you, bring back lost money and magic money spell or spell for a good job.i’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 2 years… i really loved him, but his mother was against me and he had no good paying job. so when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him..at first i was undecided,skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. and in 6 days when i returned to taxes, my boyfriend (is now my husband ) he called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married..i didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do… well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid,and my husband also got a new job and our lives became much better. in case anyone needs the spell caster for some help, email address: shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com

GREAT SHAKES SPEAR i thank you very much thank you in 1000000 times.. if not you i would have been losted and wasted thank you. Email Him Through his email address... shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com

please make sure you contact him for any financial difficulties okay..

What a powerful man such as DR SHAKES SPEAR.. he is so much powerful..\\ email him for any difficulties.. shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com
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Three weeks ago my boyfriend broke up with me. it all started when i Travel to UK to spend my holiday with my friend,i was trying to contact him but it was not going through. So when i came back from UK i saw him with a lady kissing, i was frustrated and it gives me sleepless night. I called my friend told her what happened and she introduce me to a spell cater who helped her long time ago. Which i contact him and i never believed that the spell will work so easily because i have contacted many spell casters to get him back all they do is to take my money with no result. I am happy to tell you all that my boyfriend is back and committed to me alone and he do whatever i ask him to do with love and care. All thanks to SHAKES SPEAR the great magician who helped me to restore my boy friend to me: shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com.. Email this powerful and authentic spell caster via email now shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com
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I want to testify of a great death spell caster that helped me in casting a death spell on the lady that almost took my lovely husband completely away from me and our two sons,after the casting the bitch died in her sleeps within 48hours,all thanks to this great man called instant death. If you also need an urgent death spell on someone then contact this great man immediately via his email address, shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com.... CONTACT HIM TODAY VIA THIS EMAIL ADDRESS: shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com AS HIS POWERS ARE SO STRONG AND VERY EFFECTIVE AND HAS NO BAD EFFECT INSTEAD IT HAVE A VERY GOOD RESULT AFTER CASTING THE SPELL.
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Shakira Elliot Says

Am giving this testimony cos am happy

My name is Shakira Elliot from Houston,taxes.i never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once. when i went to Africa in June 28th 2013 this year on a business summit. i ment a man called DR SHAKES SPEAR. He is powerful he could help you cast a spells to bring back my love’s gone,misbehaving lover looking for some one to love you, bring back lost money and magic money spell or spell for a good job.i’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 2 years… i really loved him, but his mother was against me and he had no good paying job. so when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him..at first i was undecided,skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. and in 6 days when i returned to taxes, my boyfriend (is now my husband ) he called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married..i didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do… well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid,and my husband also got a new job and our lives became much better. in case anyone needs the spell caster for some help, email address: shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com

GREAT SHAKES SPEAR i thank you very much thank you in 1000000 times.. if not you i would have been losted and wasted thank you. Email Him Through his email address... shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com

please make sure you contact him for any financial difficulties okay..

What a powerful man such as DR SHAKES SPEAR.. he is so much powerful..\\ email him for any difficulties.. shakesspear23@yahoo.com OR shakesspear23@gmail.com
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Pas de liberte (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian readers on 06/05/2014 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, religion, illegality of female to female relationships
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I am from Senegal,but ive been in the us for 12years.i was for a long time verbaly and physiquly abuse by the father of my children.and ive been a lesbian over the years and being what i am over the years makes me believe and love myself in finding in me what and where i always wanted to be.i have all the love and understanding from my family but recently i've been persecute by my own comunity ,harrassing me,vandalising my propertey forcing me to move from one place to another.i am so stressed that i lost all my hair and its so hard that sometimes i want to die because i cant immagine whow people can be so wicked.i went thrue therapy and i was doing better but i had to move down to california just to be far from my own people somewhere nobody knows me.My only happiness are my 2 kids who are my reason of being strong and it hurts me to the core that i had to send them back home wigh all i went thrue and to know now whow people are so wicked because my mom who is with them back home has been harassed by some people back home because of my orientation.All these situations make me wonder whow and when will i be in peace.All i am asking is to be happy and to live my life with my family.Nobody can change who i am only god so why is it for me to suffer because people want to see me as a different person?why is it so important to people to try to make me feel horrible?the only people that make me want to move forward are my children so please god help me...
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Eric Barnes (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay readers on 03/04/2014 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, gender identity, human rights
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Facebook deleted my group SUPPORT IRAQI GAYS - STOP THE KILLING, a vital outlet for Iraqi gay expression in a country that routinely kills gays. Please read my letter to facebook, as yet unanswered. Will you contact Facebook for me and tell them you are disturbed by this report? Please? Thank you!

April 3, 2014

Dear Facebook administrator,

I was shocked to wake up this morning and learn that my longstanding social group, SUPPORT IRAQI GAYS - STOP THE KILLING was removed for unspecified "content violations." For nearly six years this group has been a vital forum for more than 2,000 iraqi gays who needed a place to communicate online openly as they try to avoid being openly murdered for whom they love.

From my end as founder and administrator, we have become increasingly adept at monitoring the site for porography, hate speech, commercial postings and the like. We now monitor the site 24/7 from both Baghdad and San Francisco looking for content violations. Postings are removed with lightning efficiency if they violate the content standards, and members are banned permenantly for repeat offenses. By any possible standard we have given due diligence to monitoring this site in both Arabic and English - continuously.

In addition, I recall on more than one occasion when Facebook would not allow me to remove a posting, saying "You are not authorized to edit this site" when I am in fact the founder! But other than that we are a page that does not tolerate nudity below the waist, or hate speech of any kind. I have an Iraqi administrator who is on the job when I'm not.

With any group of more than 2,000 young gays you are going to have the occasional violation, but we deal with them increasingly swiftly to ensure that the site is open and friendly to everyone. How could we possibly do more? About a year ago the site was suspended for allegedly violating standards, but I searched the site for evidnce that images had been removed, or that any standards were violated, and could find none. Nothing - and no explanation from Facebook on what the offending content was - or who had posted it!!!

But let's look at the real problem here: Thousands of Iraqi gays face the death penalty in their country for daring to be gay. This page has been one of the few forums available to them to express themselves and meet each other -- and by any POSSIBLE measure my administration of the page has been caring and competent and continuous.

I ask that you restore our page and its members to their former status. I promise we will continue monitoring the site as carefully as we do today. When you show images of two men kissing, there will always be someone who complains, but if they are merely bad actors and there is no pornography or hate speech -- then Facebook needs a way to recognize that that their complaints are not valid and ignore them. We do everything we can here to ensure a good experience for our members. But you didn't even leave a grievance procedure in place for us to challenge this dreadful decision. Without our page, one thing is sure. Iraqi gays will die, Iraqi gays will be hurt, and Iraqi gays will have no forum to share their feelings.

I beg you to reestablish this site in consideration of the enormous social benefit it brings. Paying attention to these things is part of your responsibility as a company. We as administrators can only provide diligence, we cannot prevent members from posting things, we can only remove members who do. And we do so with lightning speed.

I look forward to your reconsideration of this issue.

Very truly yours.


Eric E Barnes
San Francisco

synrg@comcast.net
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Goodbye Iraqi Gays - you are loved

Today brings a sad farewell to my beloved Facebook group "SUPPORT IRAQI GAYS - STOP THE KILLING." To our 2,473 loyal members who for six years asked for nothing more than a chance to be themselves, seize the opportunity to speak out against homophobia and meet and cruise each other in a relentlessly antigay society, I am sorry.

But it wasn't the CIA, it wasn't the Iraqi government, and it wasn't antigay militants who killed the group -- it was Facebook. I got an e-mail at midnight saying the group had been removed for unspecified "content violations" and that was that. There is no response address, no grievance procedure, no image or content specified as violating their community standards.

I consider Facebook's actions to be brutally violent considering the great lengths we went to to keep members' contributions civil and decent. We monitored the site continuously from both San Francisco and Baghdad, in both English and Arabic, constantly on the lookout for porn, hate speech or commercial interests. Violators had their inappropriate postings removed with ever-increasing speed and efficiency, and wayward members were banned permanently for repeat violations.

But the vast majority of members were kind souls who were grateful to have a forum where they could express themselves openly. In recent months more and more members were daring to show their real faces, expressing what can only be their own brand of Queer Pride.

Iraqi gays, I congratulate you on your indomitable spirit and will never forget your bravery, which has touched me deeply. I treasure the few of you who have become real friends too, and hope to keep you around forever.

But Facebook doesn't care about human rights, about the brutality of the antigay violence that continues to this day in Iraq, or about the plight of the oppressed. Facebook doesn't give a whit about its scorched-earth policies -- or that its claimed violations are invisible to the human eye. Facebook DOES want me to know that not only the group, but my personal profile will be removed if "I" continue to violate its nebulous and undefined standards. So go to hell Facebook. The blood of my beloved Iraqi gays is on your hands now.
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(user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 01/04/2014 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership
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I am conducting an international study of unacknowledged and underreported experiences of domestic violence amongst LGBT populations. Please let me know if you were in a violent relationship if the police ever became involved in your situation, how did they handle the situation? What recommendations would you make to police, attorneys and legal advocates, judges to better help someone in your situation? If you would like to become part of this study, please respond here. Thank you. DLB
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Love on the run (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for lesbian readers on 21/01/2014 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +5
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Today many Ugandans can not have a voice because they have chosen to be gay or lesbian. They face too much hate from the public and some have been lynched to death.

Recently the head of the Muslim community vowed to his congregation to kill them. He called upon his congregation not to spare them. This has inspired me to make a short film of what inhumane brutality the LGBT Community faces today in Uganda.

Through crowd funding we call for your support financially and morally to help us make this film.

Visit this link if you are interested in supporting, http://igg.me/at/loveontherun618/x/5940209

We are grateful for your kind support in giving us a voice.

Nelson...
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HELLO??? People are being imprisoned in the USA and elsewhere for merely downloading pictures or talking about having consensual sex, but ILGA doesn't care about that. In fact, ILGA continues to distribute HATE propaganda right here on its website, because ILGA is bullshit.
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Proof that the Bible does NOT condemn homosexuality! Most of the anti-homosexual ignorance and resultant hatred comes from misinterpreting the Bible. This bigotry has been around for many centuries, but just because it has survived this long does not make it correct. Time for people to learn the truth and change accordingly. The Bible does not support anti-gay actions, and there is now a scholarly book on the subject titled "Homosexuality, The Bible, The Truth - The Bible Does NOT Condemn Homosexuality." This book represents forty years of intense scholarly research into the correct meanings of every biblical passage ever used to condemn gays, and it shows with irrefutable and verifiable fact that the Bible is not on the side of the haters. "Homosexuality, The Bible, The Truth - The Bible Does NOT Condemn Homosexuality" is available through all major booksellers. Bigots who want to continue in their hatred will face the judgment of God one day, but while we are all living here, we need to promote the freeing power of truth. God made all sexual orientations, not just one, and God made no mistakes. He made no "valueless" persons, He made no one who is worthless or a "zero," and anyone who takes it upon himself to condemn God's children based on the ignorance of their self-taught prejudices cannot say they do this in His name. God is not the author of hate, He is not the author of ignorance, and He made all of us. Let there be peace, and let it begin with education in the subject of truth.
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In the U.S context, prominent domestic organizations sought to establish LGBT normalcy and inclusion as a means of assimilating into the heterosexual mainstream in order to change the minds and hearts of heterosexuals, pressuring local LBGT communities and individuals to give up their own sense of self and experience. I think its important to remember that stressing that " LGBTI people" are as normal as heterosexuals and deserve acceptance precisely because we are like every one else (aka straight people) was a political strategy. We need to remember what is normal and natural in society is constructed, our understandings of these categories are made up by mainstream society and politics. We should take pride in our difference and our queerness, we should not feel that we must make ourselves normal for others in order to feel good or enough or deserving of rights. there is no normal
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(user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian transgender readers on 26/11/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +5
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I lived in a moderate size city in the US , I was attacked by a man while walking down the street in the middle of the day. He mistook me for a cis woman and attempted to rape me (this is bad enough) when he found out I was trans he proceeded to try to beat me to death. After getting out of the hospital and attempting to report it, the police laughed about it and even misgendered me on the report.
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Kellie Cheer (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian bisexual straight readers on 10/07/2013 tagged with tourism, hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, armed forces +5
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I was visiting Cedar Point, which is in Ohio, USA. It is a rather large roller coaster park.
I went on an all day trip with my girlfriend Liz, and her foreign exchange student from Germany that Summer. We were all 16.
We were standing in line for about 2 full hours when we were just getting to the front of the line for the newest ride. All of a sudden, a cop taps on my shoulder and tells me that "all three of us ladies need to step out of line."
Liz, the German girl and I looked around us in utter disbelief as to why we were being escorted out of line by the police.. I mean we were just a few 16 year old girls from a small town in Michigan.
While we looked around, one of the women in front of me in line started to scream at me and laugh about how "it was ridiculous" that I was "basically having sex" with my girlfriend while in line for the ride. She had called the park police on us for Public Display of Affection. And I swear on my life, that is NOT what I do in public. She completely made up the story.

The police took us to the front of the park and took our names and addresses down as well as a statement. Our German friend was basically in hysterics. She was screaming at the cop saying things like, "this country is ridiculous, they didn't do anything!" and "why are you doing this to them?"

We were escorted out of the front gate 4 hours before we were expected to leave for home.
I've not been back to the park since.

Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is discriminatory and there are no laws against it. Because they are a privately owned business, Cedar Point can remove anyone they want from the park with no questions asked.



Disgusting.
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I am a documentary filmmaker, gay, and have just completed a film called STRAIGHT LINE CURVE. It showcases seven successful gay men of the USA Southwest who do not fit the stereotypes often associated with homosexuality. Each man has a high profile and is fulfilled, optimistic, inspirational and proud.

I believe this film offers the world a wonderful and motivational look at the gay journey, which few people in the general populace knows exists...but it does! This 32-minute film is available on DVD.

Ed Breeding, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA
email: breeding4051@comcast.net
www.ed-breeding.artistwebsites.com
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lemonfoundation (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 26/04/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, armed forces
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Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

My case goes up through the White House, NIH, CDC, WHO, to the United Nations. I recently testified on a federal-level in Washington, DC, and have been published 12 times on 4 continents.

UK PROGRESSIVE published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS. This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992 (i.e., circa Gulf War I).

www.ukprogressive.co.uk/the-aids-like-disease-seldom-mentioned/article20891.html

I hope that you will support this humanitarian issue, and spread-the-news too (e.g., write a story, add to your e*Newsletter and/or post on Facebook/Twitter).

In the fight for humanity,
k


My life with NON HIV AIDS (including my federal testimony):

www.cfsstraighttalk.blogspot.com

Or simply google "NON HIV AIDS"


My federal testimony about NON HIV AIDS from a recent CFS/ME advisory committee meeting (Washington, DC via conference call) posted (5 minutes):

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubjGm5dILpY&list;=PL600CB038194B4593&index;=11&feature;=plpp_video
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MW (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian readers on 26/10/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +5
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Please read this through to the end. Is it possible Obama is muslim and has lied to and used gays to get elected? Are gays safe if he gets re-elected? Everyone needs to be warned.


GEY • 3 hrs ago
Father of Slain SEAL: Wants to Know Who Made the Decision Not to Save My Son? Lars Larson

Mr. Woods, the father Tyrone Woods, who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reveals details of meeting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at the memorial service for the slain Americans at Andrews Air Force Base only days after the attack. And, in a recent radio appearance, Woods publicly questions who made the call not to send in back-up forces to possibly save his son’s life, as well as the three other Americans killed in Benghazi (which includes the American ambassador to Libya).

When [Obama] came over to our little area” at Andrew Air Force Base, says Woods, “he kind of just mumbled, you know, ‘I’m sorry.’ His face was looking at me, but his eyes were looking over my shoulder like he could not look me in the eye. And it was not a sincere, ‘I’m really sorry, you know, that you’re son died,’ but it was totally insincere, more of whining type, ‘I’m sorry.’”

Woods says that shaking President Obama’s hands at his son’s memorial service was “like shaking hands with a dead fish.”

“It just didn’t feel right,” he says of his encounter with the commander in chief. “And now
that it’s coming out that apparently the WH situation room was watching our people die in real time, ( now we learn from 2 drones) as this was happening,” Woods says, he wants answers on what happened—and why there was no apparent effort to save his son’s life.

“Well, this is what Hillary did,” Woods continues. “She came over and, you know, did the same thing—separately came over and talked with me. I gave her a hug, shook her hand. And she did not appear to be one bit sincere—at all. And you know, all she mentioned was that thing about, we’re going to have that person arrested and prosecuted that did the video. That was the first time I had even heard about anything like that.”

“Apparently even the State Department had a live stream ( 2 drones we now learn) and was aware of their calls for help. My son wasn’t even there. He was at a safe house about a mile away. He got the distress call; he heard them crying for help; that’s why he and Glen risked their lives to go that extra mile just to take care of the situation. And I’m sure that wasn’t the only one received that distress call—you know, come save our lives … I’m sure that other people in the military, in the State Department, in the White House, received that same call that he would receive. And I’m sure that most military people would jump at the chance … to protect that life [and] not leave anyone behind.”

Woods made clear that he isn't "mad," but that he wants to the "truth" to be told because he feels " abandoned."

Woods says he was told by military officials that the military could have "come above [the area] and completely carpeted area," and therefore saved the officials in Benghazi, Libya. But that someone gave the command for the American military not to save the lives of the Americans under attack.

"When I heard, you know, that there's a very good chance that the White House as well as other members of the military knew what was going on and obviously someone had to say, don't go rescue them. Because every person in the military--their first response [would be], we're going to go rescue them. We need to find out who it was that gave that command--do not rescue them." Woods will be on with Judge Jeanne this weekend.

The mother of the other seal was told to just fill out a from to learn what happened to her son.and was not allowed to view the body of her dead son. Impeach, fire and many need to be prosecuted for dereliction of duty and relieved of command.

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You have to wonder, since we now know the White House watched the drones for 7 hours as it was happening --- and did nothing to call in military help stationed in Italy (could've been there in 1 hour);

Rand Paul said: Where the h*** were the Marines? Why in the h*** did you send them home?

Those are just a few of my questions for Barack Obama about the tragic situation in Libya where four Americans - including our U.S. Ambassador - were murdered by radical jihadists.

I’m outraged that the 16-person security team assigned to protect our Ambassador was sent home, and there were no uniformed Marines guarding him.

I’m outraged that the DC-3 plane that could have helped get people out of the country was taken away before the attacks.
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There were 17,000 (some were marines) and other personnel guarding the embassy in Iraq;

There was supposed to be a plane stationed at the embassy in Libya to get them out if they were in danger. It was taken from them on May 4th;

16 armed personnel had been there -- and requested to stay, because they knew the ambassador was in danger. Who ordered them out?

Why did the White House leave the gay ambassador unprotected (remove his protection) and watch his murder?

Why did Obama send a gay man to a country that kills gays as part of their religion?


Obama mentions his "muslim faith": http://youtu.be/bMUgNg7aD8M

Did he set him up to have him killed because muslims over there kill gays?

He told the emmisary to Russia he'd have more flexibility after his re-election; and he bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia; will he also use "more flexibility" in allowing the muslim terrorists to harm and kill gays here -- with impunity?

Did he influence the Democratic Party to let an Imam pray that sharia law will be instituted in the US? -- which calls for killing of all gays and slavery of all women? We have been betrayed.
This is not a political question. It is a question of murder. Justice needs to be done. Everyone needs to be warned.
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(user currently living in CAMEROON) posted for straight readers on 25/09/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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As a Cameroonian based in southwest region of my country,there are a lot of corruption going on.Talking on COCOA which is the main source of revenue to the local population in that region.local farmers(primary producers)do gnashed their teeth in poverty since a kg of cocoa is bought for just 825FCFA from them.Mindful of the fact that there a lots of care during the processing of this products,use of chemicals and garmalin,fertilizer etc.Moreover money is spent in the running of these product until it can be marketed.By the above mentioned, these local farmers are even unable to sponsor their children to school,talk less of feeding well(malnutrition).Buyers in these region connived amongst themselves to buy at very low rate and import it.Looking at the government of our country, they say little or nothing because they do collect bribe from them.As a student, i want these to stop that is why am writing these.I need help(aid) from any N.G.O IN EUROPE or AMERICA to help solve this problem.my contact is +237-76-29-68-07.Write me:mbahjoshua54@.com
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Michael (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 28/07/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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HOMOPHOBIC REMARKS MADE BY A STORE EMPLOYEE FOR WAL-MART
*Email to the HR Department*

Hello,
My name is Michael Devor and this morning at 2:15am I was shopping in your store in Eaton OH and I had an issue come up that I feel needed brought to your attention. I was talking on the phone with the store manager on duty about my bad experience with a store associate. She was having an unprofessional attitude with me when explaining your check policies. Which isn't a huge issue every store has them but when the store manager at the end of our phone conversation called me a "faggot" then we have an issue. I dont know about what state your in but in Ohio that's a hate crime. I have shopped at this store since I can remember and to be disrespected like that has made me not only decide to shop at Kroger but I will also be forwarding this message to all major LGBT organizations as well informing my fellow LGBT members that your no better than Chick-fil-A and we should take our business elsewhere as well.





Supercenter #5374
100A E Washington Jackson Rd
Eaton, OH 45320
(937) 456-1777
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Colton (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for transgender readers on 10/07/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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We dropped our daughter Angelica Wall at her grandparents Kristy and John Michael
Talley so she could go to a summer school program in Holden, Missouri.
We were supposed to pick her up after the last day of school on the 15th of June.
It was all confirmed again on Monday the 11th with Kristy Talley.
We got a call from Morgan's Ex husband on Thursday the 14th saying that John Michael
told him Kristy had taken Angel for a two week camping/horseback riding trip that
Morgan had supposidly Ok'd (which she hadn't) and left that morning for South
Missouri. We made several attempts to call and text both Kristy and John Michael with only
one answer from John telling Morgan he basically didn't agree with her being with me. Her
family has called me and texted me and slandered things about me on facebook threatening
to break my face or head in because I was transgender, they called me a freakazoid several
times and an 'it'. Its not the first time John and his brother Bob had threatened me calling me
a freak and several other nasty things.
A month before summer school John Michael had asked Morgan to sign a power of attorney
for medical reasons for Angel, she did not. He kept asking her for more and more information
and things didn't seem right. But Angel loves her grandparents so they asked if she could go to
Holden, Missouri for summer school and stay with them for two weeks. During this two weeks
they had already had the intention of filing for temporary custody with a lawyer without our
knowledge.
We recieved a phone call on the 25th saying that Morgan could come pick up some of her things
that they had but that she was not going to be happy because Morgan's mom Kristy had decided
she was keeping Angel forever. So we called the police immediately! The cops made a report of
kidnapping but since we brought her down for summer school they had to change it to child
abduction. Kristy had a warrant for her arrest.They made contact with John Michael and he
refused to tell them where Kristy is hiding Angel. Then we found out after we had gone through
hours of trying to find our daughter, Morgan's ex husband Charles Marcus Rone Jr. has had a
phone number that Kristy had called him from, which would have saved us hours, but then it gets
worse...not only did Charles aka Mark, not tell us about the secret cell number, but he had
deliberately lied to us and has talked to Angel, Kristy, and hung out with John Michael.
He in fact had been giving them information and a heads up when we were going to the police! And
when we would be down in Holden, Missouri.
Previously, Mark wanted to adopt Angel but she herself said, "No, I want my daddy Cole to be my real
dad not my step daddy." So if Kristy and John Michael have her he gets to see her and if we have her
he doesn't. He hates the fact that I am transgender and has called me a she almost every time.
I am FTM.
We need a lawyer to get our daughter back and we don't have the money. We live within our means
and that's all we have. We have a roof and clothes and food and an income to pay for those
important things but not enough for an expensive lawyer. They still haven't found Angel and Kristy
but John Michael can legally keep Angel and not let us see our daughter until the hearing.
I wanted to know if you could help us in any way, Angel is only 6 years old and we are expecting
a boy on November 9th and my son Christian is 9years old.
Still to this day, Kristy Talley and Angel are missing and Kristy and John Michael will not give up
the location where kristy is keeping Angel. As of yesterday, talking with the police there is still
a warrant for Kristy's arrest because she has not produced Angel or given up their wherabouts.
Neither has John Michael. The police have in fact tried to ping their cell phones but she turned
if off.
If you can help us to raise the money to get a lawyer because they have petitioned the courts for guardianship of our daughter because we are not a "normal" family and they think they can give her a better life. They have paid their lawyer over five grand as a retainer, and we have only found one lawyer who is willing to work with us and drop her retainer to a grand because she, not the cops think what they are doing is legal. we have found that on the 13th they petitioned for guardianship, and took off with her to San Diego California. No one has still to this day seen Angel. The reason we were not served any paperwork is because they lied and said they "did not know a current address, phone number or even what state Morgan lives in now and Angel had been living with them for the past six months without any contact to us" All of this is lies and we have the phone records and more to prove it we just need a lawyer to do so. PLEASE HELP US BRING OUR ANGEL HOME WHERE SHE WANTS TO BE WITH HER MOMMY AND DADDY! I am begging you to help me put my family back together. I have already had my nine year old son be placed with my brother "because of me being transgender ed" I don't want to lose my daughter to. I cry every night when I pass her room and the bunk beds i made her. I get little things and put them on her bed hoping for her return, just as i get things and put them in a box to send to my son, which is as close to him as i can get. These things should not be allowed, this discrimination needs to stop. Please Help Me Not Lose Another Child To Someone With Because I Can Not Afford A Lawyer Who Believes In Me because a court appointed one won't, they didn't before. Trust me I KNOW! ~thank you Colton~
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Ouida King (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian readers on 11/06/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, illegality of female to female relationships +0
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Greetings,

LGBT community

Please allow this letter to introduce you to OKK Fashion Studio, LLC and the N’BTWN Fashion Event for which we seek your support.

Our mission at OKK Fashion Studio, LLC and our subsidiary, Just US Designs, is to provide a diverse and inclusive shopping experience for the Metro Detroit LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Community. OKK Fashion Studio will provide a variety of LGBT clothing at competitive prices. We will give our customers the kind of customer service that is respectful, prompt, friendly and all-encompassing.

On September 22, 2012 we will be hosting the “N’BTWN” fashion event, to be held at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Downtown Detroit, Michigan for the Metro Detroit LGBT Community and its supporters. Featured will be some trend setting creations from local designers, as well as a grand finale from Just US Designs creative director and OKK Fashion Studio LLC CEO, Ms. Ouida King.

This is a great opportunity for your company or organization to receive exposure, and help to support a worthy cause. The attached sponsorship package includes benefits to all sponsors, as well as the types of specific sponsorships that are available to you. In addition, your generous sponsorship will be highlighted during our event, so that we may publicly thank you for your support.

We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon. If you have any questions, please contact publicist, Mrs. Lacretia Rogers at 313-758-1366 or via email, at info@sapphire-rose.com.

Sincerely,

Ouida K. King
Ouida K. King
Creative Director
OKK Fashion Studio, LLC
okkfashionstudio@ymail.com
Lacretia L. Rogers
Chief Executive Officer
Sapphire Rose Enterprises
www.sapphire-rose.com
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Hailey (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian readers on 02/05/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, hiv/aids , sexual orientation +5
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Hello. My name is Hailey. I'm in the 8th grade. My American History teacher are having us do this Current Event project and one of his examples was the Westboro Baptist Church. I had never heard of them before this day. He knows I'm gay. He had asked if everyone would check out there website. Not because he's like them, just for us to see what they do and whatnot. I thanked him at the end of class for pointing this out. Informing people, kids about the shit people go through. One of my fellow peers had said "Hailey, if they ever do this to you. i'll beat them up." He's the sweetest kid. He's also baptist but caring.
OH and my history teacher also cleared up a homosexual sterotype. That gays spread aids and hiv.


Just thought i'd share.
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Kini Cosma (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian readers on 22/02/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, human rights, sexual orientation, illegality of female to female relationships
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Kini Cosma (541)880-4534 P.O. Box 7918 Klamath Falls, Oregon 97602

MEMORANDUM OF UPDATED FACTS

TO: HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES, CASE NO.: P-878-09:
EUROPEAN COMMISSION
FROM: KINI COSMA
DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 2012
REGARDING: UNLAWFUL EVICTION AND EXCESSIVE HARASSMENT

I was profiled as a lesbian and arbitrarily arrested excessively since 1989-1995 (approx 40 times-landing in prison on July 4th, arrested on Martin Luther King Day, arrested 1st business day of 2011, sent to a mental institution on March 1, 2011: my birthday). When I was wrongfully convicted of "stalking", the status was enhanced to include a "sex offense" after I was sent to prison. Branded a “sex offender,” I lost custody of my two sons. The officer has since been charged with excessive force by another attorney.

All legal activities others are entitled to have become illegal for me. All my business ventures were deliberately destroyed and frustrated and they have left me to languish resulting in loss of liberty, civil rights, productive lifestyles, financial and personal ruin, mental anguish, social condemnation and personal and family embarrassment.

I have appealed to the Federal courts since 1995 and ALL of my cases were dismissed without review. All of the difficult and dedicated work I've done was ignored while federal judges demanded that I complete more work. Even though Federal judges know I am not the “Betty Crocker” type girl, they have become obsessed with “curative rape” by forcing their disregard on me making me an object of ridicule and scorn in order that I submit to and service their American Men.

As a result of my legal battles against the U.S. Government, I have become an extremely unfavorable person subjected to and having to suffer severe retaliation. I noticed my $100k rightfully inherited trust fund was wrongfully pilfered/seized after I asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to suspend the powers of the trustee. I also noticed that at least two attempts to entrap me in illegal ponzi schemes occurred while I was suffering brutality at the hands of the Lassen County community in California.
I have also lost other real property and vehicles wrongfully seized and confiscated by the states of California and Oregon authorities.

The state and federal courts, in both California and Oregon, deliberately set me up to fail refusing to grant me asylum or protection from persecution and using me as a human battering instrument for others in the community to abuse, physically and emotionally. Those in the community banter me because they just want me to shut up and go away and endure the sexual harassment. Because of the selfish reasons of those who conspired for my false imprisonment, other malicious prosecutions and judicial injustice has taken place. Impropriety, prosecution for the sake of prosecution, lack of funds for legal aid to prove my innocence and/or other errors of one kind or another, has occurred.

All of the excessive government entanglement running afoul of civil and human rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution without legal support has deeply affected my health. Even though I have brought separate §1983 and §2254 actions against the police and other officials on the grounds that labeling me as a sex offender based upon a policy enacted after my criminal conviction violated my constitutional rights. And, the infringements of the Due Process and Ex Post Facto Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and is in violation of the Eighth Amendment.

The U.S. Government endorsed this cruel and unusual punishment by continuing to identify me as a sex offender, allowing me to be defined as someone who has been convicted, at any time, of any sex offense or [who] engaged in sexual misconduct during the course of an offense. They have continued to recommend that I receive disparate treatment making it their constitutional duty to inculcate cruel and unusual punishment by portraying me to the public that “sexual assault is a heinous crime committed by Offenders with deviant behavior patterns that cannot be controlled by incarceration alone.”

Still no remedies available for these violations or the disparate treatment set forth under Title VII while retaliating and conspiring against my rights under 18 USC §241, there is now substantiated evidence that I am being been tortured to premeditate my murder using their power of abuse to maliciously disintegrate my health.

Just recently throughout August and September 2011, I diligently sought housing. Finally relying on the verbal agreement made by manager's Christopher John and Ericka Little of Wiseman's Mobile Home Park at 6800 South 6th Street in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Previously managers Christopher John and Ericka Little declared to me that they made a visual inspection of my residential travel trailer at another location and approved thereof, preserving the certain space for me to move into on October 3, 2011. Relying on said verbal agreement, I halted any other effort to seek housing else before the winter's debilitating freeze that caused my health breakdown (including hearing loss) the previous season.

I paid the rent and moved my residential trailer in. When I relocated my residential travel trailer to Wiseman's Mobile Home Park at 6800 South 6th Street in Klamath Falls, Oregon, on October 3, 2011, said management used bantering and forcible hostilities1 against me to unlawfully evict me without proper legal notice making the excuse that my trailer was not in compliance to their standards. Said management had a limited contractors license that definitely did not include having the authority to inspect the electrical components in my trailer.

Coincidently, the Klamath County Sheriff's department was right there to assist in these civil matters2 by forcibly running me out of the mobile home park regardless that rent was paid. As a result, I have been housed in an illegal concentration camp type setting with barbed wire all around while staff of the Klamath County Sheriff's Department are, coincidentally, tenants in the immediate vicinity asking me to secure their property.

These actions also have interfered with all of my legitimate home office based businesses. (disconnecting electrical utilities, forcing me to spend money to seek resources the government will block, excessive late fines and fees) The pattern of abuse goes on and on with constant patterns for propensities of humiliation always setting me up in an illegal manner to justify their means for, yet, another malicious prosecution. Having to urinate in buckets and defecate on newspapers prove their successful effort for making me live like an animal unworthy of attention or exposure to their pattern of consistent horrific human right violations.

Regardless of the well-founded fears of persecution on the grounds of my being a member in a particular social group demonstrating my political opinions... I remain ignored and undefined as an disenfranchised, elderly, sex offending-stalker, Caucasian, Jewish, lesbian, woman vulnerable to U.S. Government abuse and oppression suffering their prevailing patterns of consistent years and years of physical and emotional abuse in both California and in Oregon.

While others qualify as refugees to be granted asylum or protection somewhere in the United States, the harm feared is being inflicted by the this government...and by persons and organizations that the government is unable or unwilling to control. I have contacted 1000's of agencies connected only in the legal industries relying on those agencies for answers. While they were asleep, I was sent to mental institution for several months on bogus charges, again, my civil rights were violated. Anonymous people are coming out of the woodwork who I do not know, nor should have any information regarding my civil and human right violations in the communities I am transient in. So, why are they hostile and derogatory using such efforts to intimidate and harass me?

I, Kini Cosma, hereby declare under penalty of perjury that all of the foregoing statements, records on file with this case is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

Kini Cosma Dated: February 21, 2012
http://judiciary.zoomshare.com
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Kini Cosma (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian readers on 13/02/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, sexual orientation
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I was profiled as a lesbian and wrongfully convicted of "stalking". The status was enhanced with a "sex offense" when I was sent to prison. As a result of my legal battles against the U.S. Government, I have become an unfavorable person suffering retaliation because I refuse to service American men.

I have appealed to the Federal courts and ALL of my cases were dismissed without review. In some instances, the state and federal courts, in both California and Oregon, deliberately set me up to fail by using their power of abuse to maliciously disintegrate my health in their acts of premediated murder.

Because of the selfish reasons of others who conspired for my false imprisonment, other malicious prosecutions and judicial injustice has taken place. Impropriety, prosecution for the sake of prosecution, lack of funds for legal aid to prove my innocence and/or other errors of one kind or another, has occurred.

They have left me to languish resulting in loss of liberty, civil rights, productive lifestyles, financial and personal ruin, mental anguish, social condemnation and personal and family embarassment for the remainder of my life.

U.S. officials refuse to grant me asylum or grant me protection from persecution as a result my $100k was wrongfully seized and I loss custody of my two sons. I have also lost other property wrongfully confiscated by U.S. authorities. All of this has deeply affected my health.

In order to qualify as a refugee and be granted asylum in the United States, an individual must have a well-founded fear of persecution on account of one of five grounds, which are (1) race, (2) religion, (3) nationality, (4) membership in a particular social group, and (5) political opinion.

The information contained on http://judiciary.zoomshare.com will reveal a pattern of gender discrimination. You will understand why women in prison are placed in cages. You will understand why women in prison spit at officials only to have their mouths forcibly shrouded. You will begin to understand why women in America are finally waking up advancing Jihad Janes.

In addition to demonstrating a well-founded fear of persecution, the harm feared is being inflicted by the government...and by persons and organizations that the government is unable or unwilling to control. http://judiciary.zoomshare.com
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astrid (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian bisexual straight readers on 09/11/2011 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools, hate crime and violence prevention, gender identity, sexual orientation
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ok last year in my school me n a group a friends (gay lesbian and straight) wanted to make a gay club we did everything possible to make it happen but our principle just kept saying no what can we do? i dont want to give up i want to have a gay lesbian club in school to support us i personally have gone threw bullying in this school n i want it to stop im tired to hear ppl yell at me look at the lesbian n tell me mean things everytime i walk around...it isnt fair...help me plz
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Please help each other spread love not hate!
I am begging everyone on this site, everyone that posts here with their stories
Or perhaps comes seeking advice. Please don't hate spread love. We need to unite
As LGBT people! We need to come together. I've read some heartbreaking stories
Of hate and violence towards people on here and my heart breaks. No one should
Be told that they are garbage nor should anyone be treated violently because of their sexual
Orientation. Love your family and friends and cherish each day. You are who you are and we are
All unique individuals and we are all special. Sending everyone hugs. jadesama@gmail.com is my email
Address I want to open my email to other LGBT people so we can help one another
I am new to this but I would love to make friends from around the world and lend some support
To the LGBT community. ( : Feel free to drop me an email!
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Beth (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for bisexual readers on 27/10/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, sexual orientation +5
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I just came out to my mom in September as bi-sexual. I came out to the rest of my family and friends this month. I'm still confused and I'm having a hard time dealing with these feelings. My family is ok with it. But I am scared of other people knowing and bullying me and harming me because of it. And if I fall in love with someone of the same sex how do I protect her also?
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Markus (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay readers on 27/10/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, sexual orientation, marriage / civil unions +5
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Hello, I am a teenage boy in a small town in New Hampshire. Recently I have been noticing more and more people and children in my town have been more aggressive towards gay and lesbian people nere me, including myself. I was walking down a sidewalk heading toawrds my friends house, when a kid I knew from school pushed me into a wall and spit on my pants, calling me a faggot. I am never one for Violence, or any type of any type of hurting, but I need something to happen before I burst.
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As an American girl in her college years, I meet people from all over the world and of all different religions. Although America tends to have some horrendous issues on the subject of gay marriage, they are, overall, quite accepting. Since one of my majors in college is religious studies, I have made a lot of Muslim friends and have learned a lot about Arabic countries. It saddens me to hear of countries where you can be put in jail for life or even put to death for being gay. I simply cannot, whatsoever, understand such ignorance and hatred towards a person simply due to a basic part of their personnage that does not harm anyone else! I'm glad to say though, that everyone single one of these Islamic friends, who come from countries such as Morocco, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, are all open-minded! Whatever their typical religious or cultural beliefs, they all believe in freedom of expression and a person being aloud to be who they are as long as they don't harm others. This, to me, sounds like a major step. Not only are they spreading Arab and Muslim culture that will spread Gay Tolerance here in America, but most of them even hope to do so in mother countries. I can only wish them the best of luck as they attempt to do so, hoping that I too can do something to aid the situations of those countries where gays are put to death simply for being themselves. I've begun to learn a lot about the Qur'an (Koran) and have learned to speak Arabic. I hope to start various online and in-person groups to continue the spread of positive LGBT outlook from the Muslim/Arab community.
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gabbie (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for readers on 14/10/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +5
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mi name is gabriella vazquez im transgender who resides in u.s.a. i live in the city, og garden grove.
i would thought that mostly, who always attacks us and do us wrong might sometimes look like is the world outside, not the gay, transgender,lesbian comuninity right.
have we and the world gotten wrong. iam presently, being harrasde, accused falsely, gotten evicted hurt,and live in a constant harrasment by one of those evil doers trangender who has not only harrased me but mostly all of orange county t s girls .
she has become an informant to the garden grove police department, she gives em info. on what they wanna know, and they let her get away with all of her unjustices, we live in constant harrasment by the police of garden grove and by this evil transgender who chose to go against us for her own benefits, she is causing a lot of damage. she just recently sent about 8 men who tried and did attacked her because she disrespected em. she switched the scripts around and accuse em for assult and homosexual hate, all a lie . she is doing so much bad and hurting mentally and phisycally a lot of people including me . just last nite i got hit on my face by this transgender in front of a garden police officer and he did not do anything . i got beat up by her on his face and he did nothing . he let her go. this is why im screaming to the world out here i need help we need help in orange county california and we dont know who to go to. we know the garden drove police wont do nothing aginst this ,matter . it has been proved in front of mi eyes they wont do a thing. so if anyone out here can help me and my o.c. community we well greatly appreciate it. we live in america, yet we remain hostage to the evil people of this transgender world.
human resources was the first thing in my mind they have helped me before.
so i thought i wrote this here in case someone out here could help me , us or reffer us as to what we can do.
sicerely....gabriella vazquez.
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anonymous (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for straight readers on 22/08/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, gender identity, human rights +0
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I am not a supporter nor a contender of your groups and this is the only way I know how to get this message to you but I was driving on a highway in the central USA and saw a volkswagon bbeetle painted in rainbow colors from New York I was a bit surprised but was really surprised to see the name "fagbug" printed in large letters on each side now apparently this is some lady out to make a statment and has a website "fagbug.com" but the last time i heard people of the lgbt oreantation took offense to being called or refered to as "fags" and as a straight person even I find it offensive. You may already know of this person and their mission but this seems to be a rather odd way to gain respect by advertising the name/term "fag" with rainbow colors which is very commonly associated to the gay community this is just an fyi for the most part maybe your orginization is ok with it I don't know.
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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers in response to this story on 15/08/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +0
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Some times i sit down and i ask my self several question why is it that everyone is against us what wrong have we done its even more paining when your own family members are against you because of being a gay .Some people enjoy to see others are in pain .who are you to request people to kill others because of being homosexuals Let them leave us to enjoy our life.steven kasiko
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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers in response to this story on 15/08/2011 tagged with intersex, hate crime and violence prevention, gender identity
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Sorry for what has happened to you am really surprised that in USA you still have people how hate LGBT people because of what they are.If such is happening in USA what about Africa. We LGBT members have suffered alot in hands of governments that are meant to protect us. In Uganda some LGBT lost their jobs,others are recieving death threats,experiencing discrimination unlawful detention by police ,LGBT communities in Uganda have no were to go to as they are scared of the police and even it cant take your case as priority instead they will inform you of the law you are breaking. Yet sexual orientation is a universal right. Let us join hands and try to put pressure on all government to decriminilse homosexuality pass laws against hate camp gains targeting LGBT people .Some of us have been victim to torture discrimination because of being agay we know what you are experiencing as for me up to now am still expriencing the pain from the torture of the police trauma and am ever suspicious of everybody around me. when i was still in Uganda i was ever worrying about life as i had recieved death threats even my house was destroyed Steven Kasiko
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The Honolulu Pride Festival Foundation is starting to kick off this years 2011 Hawaii State Pride Fest hosted in beautiful Honolulu Hawaii September 15 - 17, 2011 and encourage all to come and participate as this year we strive to bring PRIDE AROUND THE WORLD!

As Hawaii and the rest of the United States takes pro-active choices in sharing in the equality and justice for all with long roads ahead the little steps we take will lead to bigger victories for all of our LGBT brothers and sister who do not have the same freedoms we do in America. Help our politicians to understand that PRIDE is one way of showing that we are equal and we do not have to fear the hate and discrimination from the world around us which view us as a minority community who is filled with so called "Sinners". Take a stand and support all of your PRIDE organization around the world as we work hand in hand to creating peace, equality and justice for all!
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Terry Angel Mason, Global Author (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay readers on 26/04/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +5
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Welcome to McDonald’s, Where Violence and Homophobia are More Popular Than the Big Mac!


(Baltimore, Maryland Transgendered Woman Almost Killed While Apathetic and Insensitive Crew Members Encourage Assailants)


McDonald’s has finally reached the ultimate pinnacle in their quest to provide the perfect family dining experience. They now offer you dinner theatre with their mouthwatering Big Macs, delicious fries, Filet Fish sandwiches, Value Meals and Fruit Smoothies. Now, customers can watch murderous homophobic female thugs, as they attempt to kill members of the LGBT community, while Management and crew members cheer them on and video tape horrific violent assaults to later post on YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK and other HIP HOP Social networks.

Sound unbelievable??? Well, that is exactly what happened on a chilling Baltimore evening at around 8 p.m., inside a McDonald's restaurant in the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue. What fueled the incident was when a Transgendered woman made her way toward the women’s restroom to use the facility. The victim first asked one of the McDonald crew members if she could use the restroom and was told that she had to purchase some food in order to use the facility. She responded by saying that she really had to go right away and could not wait. According to the woman, while walking toward the restroom an unidentified man apparently approached her, possibly one of the girl’s boyfriends, in an attempt to flirt with her, but the woman declined his offer and immediately went into the restroom. When she came out two African-American females, 14 and 18 spat in her face and began arguing with her, expressing their objection to the woman using the bathroom and one of the women accused her of flirting with her boyfriend. The argument escalated into what has become one of the most violent attacks ever viewed on the internet. As a matter of fact, immediately after the video was uploaded to several popular social networks, it went viral!

When I first learned of this incident, I was warned that the video is extremely violent and graphically disturbing, but never in my wildest dreams, could I have ever imagined just how horrific and disgusting it would be to watch! All through the video, I was overwhelmed by a variety of emotions. All the while, cringing in disbelief and thinking to myself, “This cannot be happening and why isn’t anyone making any real attempt to stop this violent attack, phone the police; and my God, where is the manager?” And then out of nowhere, after several minutes which seemed like hours of brutal beating, an elderly woman dressed in white like an angelic emissary appears on the scene to rescue the woman in distress. Even though, it is clear that she is no match for the two younger women attacking the victim, she literally places her life in jeopardy, in a courageous attempt to defuse the situation and ward off the attackers. While her efforts were not completely successful (because the assailants later returned to beat the woman even more viciously), still her intervention delayed the attackers and may possibly have saved the woman’s life.

Now, you are probably wondering, like me, where was the staff and where was the manager? That’s an easy question to answer; the manager is making a half- hearted attempt to stop the fight while others can be heard in the background, peering through video phone camera lenses, boasting about how they are going to put the video on YOUTUBE and other social networks. The Manager on duty made an insincere attempt to intervene only after the badly beaten victim was viciously dragged by the hair to the front door by the young female thugs who seemed intent upon murder. After a sustained barrage of brutal kicks to the head, the victim began convulsing; bleeding from the mouth, all of which was followed by a violent seizure.

Moreover, while this occurred, the crew was gleefully cheering the thugs on while videotaping it, never making a genuine attempt to defuse the attack and/or phone the police. Instead of the manager locking the door and retaining the two women who had attacked the victim until the police could arrive, the employees encouraged them to flee for their own protection and the manager walked over the victim’s body lying in the doorway (as he can be seen doing throughout the video) like she was a piece of trash that was totally unworthy of any type of assistance.

When Baltimore County officers finally arrived, they found a 22-year-old woman convulsing and having seizures. She was still lying in the doorway of the restaurant. After the woman had recovered to some degree, the officers questioned the woman and apparently ran a make on the woman to determine if she had a criminal history. Their inquiry revealed that the victim had a lengthy rap sheet, which of course had nothing at all to do with the incident or the fact that she had been undeservedly almost beaten to death by vicious attackers. The victim’s criminal history and even home address were made public after the unmerciful beating, further jeopardizing the woman’s safety and adding to the emotional duress, physical and mental trauma caused by her assailants.

The owner of that particular McDonald's announced on Saturday afternoon, April 23, 2011 that one employee who taped the violent beating and put it on YOUTUBE and other social networks for all the wrong reasons had been fired (quite justifiably so). He also responded by expressing his dismay about the entire incident:



"My first and foremost concern is with the victim," franchise owner Mitchell McPherson said in a statement, adding that action might be taken against other restaurant workers as well. "I'm as shocked and disturbed by this assault as anyone would be. The behavior displayed in the video is unfathomable and reprehensible."

I am inclined to agree wholeheartedly with Mr. McPherson, however; if I were in his position, I would fire every employee! Starting with the manager and every crew member who stood idly by and witnessed the incident and did nothing to stop it or even intervene by calling the police.

Some people have stated that the transgender woman should not have attempted to use the women’s restroom and expressed their vehement disapproval. I realize that most people don’t fully understand anything about transgender people, but since we are having a “TEACHABLE MOMENT,” it should be noted that most transgender people don’t think of themselves as being gay, but see their gender assignment at birth as a false or as an incomplete description of themselves. Therefore, it is only natural for them to dress, act, and yes, even use public lavatories that are appropriate for them as a transgender woman or man. Needless to say, it was probably extremely wise and appropriate for the transgender woman to use the women’s restroom, because if the truth be told, had she entered the men’s restroom (in some minority communities) she could have placed herself in even greater jeopardy!

Not long ago, Baltimore, Maryland was besieged by Evangelical ministers who had fled the DC area after being expelled from the region. They were horribly defeated by the LGBT community and affirming Congregations during the implementation of (Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009 Bill 18-482), granting the right to same sex couples to marry. Of course, since Baltimore, Maryland is in close proximity to Washington, DC, it was only natural for the LGBT community to seek the same constitutional rights and provision to marry as well. However, religious leaders banned together enraging the African-American community and pitting them against the gay community once again, killing the bill. It is no secret that the Black Church has tremendous influence over the African-American community and influences the minds of the countless thousands within its ranks. Furthermore, it is no secret that sometimes this vehement disapproval mutates within the Black community and manifests itself in the form of overt bigotry and hatred toward same-gender-loving people, even outside of the church. I don’t blame the ministers for these acts of violence completely, but I do blame them for not telling their parishioners that whatever their doctrinal beliefs are about same-gender-loving people, those beliefs never gives any individual the right to discriminate or beat anyone unmercifully or to murder them!

I have said it before and I will say it again! These types of horrible occurrences are not isolated incidents, but are a result of years of consensual discrimination that this country endorses and allows! These horrific incidents will continue to occur at an alarming rate and will become even more visible, as long as we preach biased messages from pulpits that brand ALL same-gender-loving people as sinful sodomites who are hell bound and view transgender people as the ultimate abomination. Innocent women, children and teens will continue to commit suicide by the thousands and athletes will think nothing of blurting out gay slurs for millions of fans on national television to hear without conscience. As long as rap artists (whom we worship) are allowed to continually spew out homophobic lyrics, secretly knowing that they have our mental endorsement and permission to reshape the mindsets of our children with subliminal homophobic messages cleverly woven into the fabric of rap lyrics, then we can expect to see more incidents like this occur. Most children who are gay, bisexual, or lesbian aren’t as bold as transgender people are and many hide their sexual orientation from parents and guardians in the African-American community most of their lives until they eventually cast off the chains of discrimination and oppression and come out.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., modeled his life after Christ and both of them were an example to us all. Their goal in mind was to teach us to love one another and to respect one another because every human being is made in the image of the Creator and deserves their God-given equal rights. Many religious extremists rant and claim that acceptance of all people is against God’s will and that by granting all people equal rights will most certainly lead to the demise and the downfall of our great nation. But I prefer to think the opposite! I prefer to embrace the philosophy and vision of our forefathers whom under divine inspiration crafted the Constitution (an ingenious revolutionary document which is still the envy of countless nations today) and believed that all people deserve equal rights. If our nation falls, it will not be because people are gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgender; it will be because we have allowed ourselves to become deluded and deceived by our own homophobic prejudices, still intent upon continuing our legacy of discrimination and hatred that have stained the pages of our history with the blood of the innocent for decades!

by Terry Angel Mason, Global Author
WWW.TERRYANGELMASON.COM
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Kentucky Equality Federation (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 23/11/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, marriage / civil unions +5
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Kentucky Equality Federation confirmed today that it is beefing up its board of directors with the appointment of veteran activist Richard T. Jones as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. The members initially appointed Jones to the Board, immediately thereafter, the Board elected Jones Chair.

Jones has been with the organization since October 2009, assisting the the president with administration and communications. Jones also chaired the non-Board Discrimination, Hate Crimes, and School Bullying Committee who has handled more than 40 cases in 2010 alone.

Previously, President Jordan Palmer served as ex officio executive Chairman of the Board in the absence of an elected Chair. Palmer had previously resigned from the organization, but returned as interim president at the request of the Board of Directors.

"I will be very involved with our volunteers and officers," stated Jones. "I will continue to work for equality for all people and expand Kentucky Equality Federation's reach as the Commonwealth's largest all-volunteer grassroots gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender organization and mold our future endeavors and alliances."

Jones continued: "Since my involvement with Kentucky Equality Federation, I have been honored to be able to work with Jordan Palmer and be part of an organization who has worked so hard for equality, but most important, a dream of equality for those who truly have yet to experience it. When I wake up in the morning and begin my work for the day, I feel as though I am helping to fulfill a dream that one day will make a difference for a people who eat, sleep and dream of freedom from persecution."
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"Welcome to the 21st Century" by Reinaldo J. Rendon
Oct.04 2010

It hasn’t been too long since the recognition of civil rights for women and our black brethren has allowed their successful integration into what has become a more tolerant, even welcoming society to those that were originally oppressed by outdated laws, and fearful politicians. Although society and laws are still adapting to these modifications, their success has depended mostly on the efforts of those who saw conservation of unnecessary old customs as misguided way to conceal inconvenient or uncomfortable truths. By truth I refer to something universal, unaffected by our perceptions; by truth in this case I refer to equality and freedom.
Thousands of years have passed since certain flawed corrupted/outdated values of the church began to persecute "the wicked", from witches to demons as its doctrine spread through all corners of the Earth. Meanwhile, science has been evolving alongside human civilization and society. Although our knowledge and justice systems have supposedly evolved to the point where we understand all capable humans as equals, (and those not fully capable, as still human…sometimes more), we still don’t have laws that protect and grant gay citizens the same rights, protections, and benefits as our heterosexual counterparts.

Greater understanding of the human mind has been achieved since the consolidation of psychology as a social science. No longer “witches”, nor possessed, we understand mentally ill patients and their conditions; we create treatments to aid them, and structure adequate processes to integrate them into society in a way that they can successfully “fuse” with the system. With the progress of science, and its imminent exposure of the truth, many conservatives have come to re-awaken to the idea that Christianity promotes love and tolerance, not hate nor discrimination. I remember a great quote from a great man who once said “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” with a hooker-made-apostle lying at his feet. Although we now frown upon societies that throw stones as ways of punishing their “criminals”, many still throw verbal/mental stones at those who are different simply because they were not educated properly and laws haven’t progressed rapidly enough to protect those in need.

“In recognition of the scientific evidence, the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from the DSM in 1973, stating that “homosexuality per se implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities.
After thoroughly reviewing the scientific data, the American Psychological Association adopted the same position in 1975, and urged all mental health professionals “to take the lead in removing the stigma of mental illness that has long been associated with homosexual orientations…Thus, mental health professionals and researchers have long recognized that being homosexual poses no inherent obstacle to leading a happy, healthy, and productive life” (American Psychiatric Association, 1975).

This is true in every sense but the legal one, for denying homosexuals the right to benefit from social/financial unions such as marriage deprives them of certain benefits such as tax-breaks, insurance coverage, or even to be treated as a family member at the time of an accident. The right for a gay American to marry their foreign lover in order to live happily in their free country is impossible; their relationship has no option but to end the moment their foreign “life-partner’s” Visa expires.

Furthermore, the absence of laws that prevent the hate word “faggot” being as commonly used as the hate word “nigger” was before the creation of civil laws that protected the blacks, prevents the social boundaries that allow proper growth of youths in a non-hostile environment. Evidence of this are the (now due to the increasing growth of general acceptance, as the next generation of straight and gay citizens whose education has been updated steps up to the plate) recently public wave of juvenile suicide cases...that are sadly, and ultimately, nothing new...
The point is that people’s lives are still ticking away while bureaucrats place the issue on the back-burner generation after generation, refusing to accept that gay people are equal, and therefore deserve the same rights as everyone else. While most other developed nations in Europe, and even Latin American (Colombia, Argentina, Mexico currently debating it) permit civil unions between homosexuals with equal recognition of all their rights, “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” continues to ignore the silent screaming of a small, but definetly existent percentage of their population that seeks nothing more but an equal opportunity at happiness. If the constitution and even the declaration of independence place us all as equals, defining America as a nation ruled by majority, that protects minorities…then how can we allow our rights to freedom, financial prosperity, protection of our nation, and even to live safely in peace without being forced to deny who you are slip away from us.

Is there not a separation between Church and State? Does scientific evidence hold any value over social struggle against the conservation of ignorance? Aren’t we all guaranteed the same protections and rights regardless of our race, gender, sexual orientation, or favorite ice-cream flavor? Do societies evolve or change on their own?

Gay (much like “straight” or “bi”) is also not a choice, but it is something that affects everyone, regardless of their race, gender, or religious preference across the globe since the beginning of civilization. Even animals may choose a same-sex life partner as evidenced by the study of the University of Oslo, that states “More than 1500 species where homosexuality have been observed” (“Against Nature? Oslo). Gay should not be a taboo. Gay is not an illness that can be prayed nor drugged away. You can attempt to brainwash someone into becoming straight, but then you would just be hindering their potential to fully experience their lives, and their rights to explore themselves as human beings without hurting anyone.

Would you want your children, or a loved one's child to live unhappily repressed simply because God/Genetics made them in a certain way that the world hasn’t updated fast enough to fully accept them as people? In a world of repression and lies, it would not be difficult for one to marry someone that is secretly gay, and refuses to come out simply out of lack of courage that it takes to live under such different conditions...do you think that could truly be a happy and honest marriage? Think about the children caught within the parental struggle to stabilize their personal mentality and sexuality and their mental health compared to those that grow up in open and caring environments.

With Florida being one of the many states that recognizes gays’ right to adopt (instead of permitting an vast number of children stuck in orphanages or foster homes relying on state budget/care), we join many developed nations who understand the full personal/economic value of all its tax-payers without any form of discrimination. Furthermore, if the violation of the sanctity of marriage is in question, then know some consider divorce a far greater offense, for it breaks an oath made in front God and the State (perjury?)...but it was still implemented into law due to the social necessity that so many people required in order to find financial and personal stability in their lives.

To simplify the concept a bit more:
If Gay-Joe and Gay-Jane were perceived as “people” instead of “gays” by the majority, our society would improve a lot more having provided every normal human being the rights and protections they deserve. People shouldn’t be perceived legally or socially by who they are biologically, but by what they hope to do for the world around them. This would promote a more accepting co-existence between all members of American society, as well as monogamy and general honesty.

Most conservatives that still discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation are mostly misinformed, or choose to ignore truth simply out of the comfort brought on by tradition or some form of profit. Others are closeted gays who envy the freedom, while others are simply out to hate on someone for what they’ve been taught as “sins” to feel a little better about their own faults; however they’re not the ones we allow to write our academic texts, nor are they the knowledgeable authorities we quote when we teach facts in our schools. Also, if gays were allowed to formally unite under the state, and their individual interpretation of God (we all see our Creator differently, we have a right to do so), that alone would promote monogamy and prevent sexually transmitted diseases among all groups (not that gays are statistically in the lead anymore; now replaced by African-American men). This would also allow more people to reconcile with the bonds that have been severed by temples that promote hate and discrimination, instead of providing help to those in need, or uniting the children of God without casting any stones (if they truly do see him as the supreme judge).

I invite you all to re-examine your definitions of justice, violence, and empathy for we are forging today the world of tomorrow, and as we do, we must do so carefully given how this nation has remained the center-stage of the world (at the very least in terms of democratic ideals) for a couple centuries. It shouldn't take global calamities, waves of pestilence, the bloody (in a term familiar to most: expensive) aftermath of riots and wars, or financial meltdowns for people to focus more in building the bridges and crumbling the walls that separate us, before they become bars in the dawn of an age with diminishing natural resources, and the decaying socio-political values that impede people from realizing how much influence they have lost over the basics of their democratic principles. We are all still working on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream to make this nation “rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal”…and that no one should be judged by the color of their skin (or the way God/Genetics brought them into the world).

We shouldn’t wait for it to “get better”, it should be “alright” for all who support and believe the democratic spirit of America, a nation conformed of different states that in spite of being slightly different in their ideology, most stand united as those who wish to protect freedom and peace.
Remember, America is “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”.
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posted for gay lesbian readers on 28/06/2010 tagged with tourism, hate crime and violence prevention +0
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Growing up in Rural Georgia has been one of the hardest things i have had to deal with as a gay man. Growing up with country, close minded folks have been really tough. They have said some pretty mean things to me over the past few years. That is y i left and moved to atlanta where there scene is more acceptable. I love travelling to big cities b.c the people there are always more acceptive of gay people. Out of all the cool cities i have been to the best one has been Buenos Aires argentina. Great gay scene with a lot of cool things to do. I went on a gay pub crawl there and it was amazing. www.outandaboutpubcrawl.com This was a gay tour of bars which was pretty cool. You would never be able to walk a gay group around where i am from. You would get heckled or even shot.
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Jacob (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 09/04/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights +4
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Hello, everyone. I myself, am not a homosexual. I do know many lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders. My school has "banned" the national Day of Silence. They will not allow us to pass out flyers, or even speak of it. The person who organized it somewhat is being suspended for his actions. I find it horrible that a school who speaks of anti-bullying would "ban" a nonviolent protest. Please, I would like this to be noticed. I will not stand for this. I am also notifying the local news to see if they can do a report on it. My school is Spotswood High School in Penn Laird, VA.
~Calm Protester.
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Yann Koeberlé Arnoult (user currently living in FRANCE) posted for readers on 18/03/2010 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, sexual orientation +0
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Hi,
I gtaduated from the University of San Francisco,
Hoping it will explain homosexuality and help other gay people like me.
The video is on youtube and was also sent to the Paris and L.A. Gay and Lesbian centres.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_1qBM0th70
Feel free to contact me on youtube.
Thank you. Yann Koeberlé Arnoult
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